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Fancy a little spiked cider with your Christmas shopping? Bellevue to allow outdoor drinking downtown

Posted: 11:07 PM, Nov 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-28 23:58:41-05

BELLEVUE, Ky. — When people in Bellevue head out for Small Business Saturday, they’ll be able to take warm cups of spiked cider to go.

Like the Ohio communities of Hamilton and Milford, Bellevue is about to get a designated outdoor refreshment area where people over 21 can carry open containers of alcohol as they move from business to business. It's called the BED — the Bellevue Entertainment District.

“It’s a nice opportunity to grow momentum,” said Brandon Moore, who co-owns the Fairfield Market cafe and bar. “Grow our businesses and hopefully attract more.”

The BED district opens Friday, and businesses within it spent Thursday ensuring they had enough specially marked cups to give to customers.

Brown-bagged liquor from outside the area still won’t be allowed; it has to be purchased from a participating business, and it has to be in the cup.

Moore’s business bought 200 of the cups. Barb Wiedeman, who opened the Cozy Cottage over 15 years ago, said she’s optimistic alcohol and holiday shopping will make a good match.

“Let’s hope,” she said. ”I don’t know. I’m not a good predictor. People are like, ‘What do you project?’ I want to make a million dollars, but I don’t know!”

Bellevue’s holiday walk runs Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The entertainment district will be open from noon-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.